Top Rank’s CEO, Bob Arum, has indicated that heavyweight world champions Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk have agreed to fight each other next – without any interim-fights.
Arum, who co-promotes Fury with Queensberry Promotions, is still working out the details for a fight where the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC, WBA world titles would be at stake.
“The two fighters have agreed to fight each other next,” Arum told Sky Sports.
“With Fury and Usyk we’re dealing with two adults, not a lot of [rubbish] back and forth. Usyk is a good friend of mine, he’s very intelligent and Tyson is Superman, both as an athlete and as an intellect,” he continued.
So they want the fight. Both of them want the fight and so there’ll be very little, if any, [messing] around. So we’ll be able to make that happen. I’m very, very confident. As I said the fighters have both agreed to fight each other next without any interim fights.
Earlier this month, Usyk was ringside at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to watch Fury batter and stop veteran Derek Chisora in their trilogy fight.
After the bout, Fury and Usyk went face to face to exchange words.
The fight is still being targeted to take place in the Middle East, in early 2023.
“Now the question is what’s the date and what’s the site,” Arum said. But that fight is definitely going to happen and it will happen in the first four months of the next year.
“We are balancing a couple of significant offers from the Mid East and also there’s the possibility of doing the fight in the UK at Wembley [stadium] With a massive 95,000 crowd in attendance.
“Fighters have a relatively short life and money is important. So if the money which has been proposed to us is real that has to be taken into consideration. To go back to Wembley and do a fight before 95,000 people for me really stirs up the blood. It would be crazy. It would just be wonderful. It shouldn’t be too long before a final decision is made.” I hope maybe by the end of the year.”